We lost Francois Beauchemin on waviers when Gainey sent sent him down to the AHL thinking he didn't have to go threw the wavier wire. I know not as bad but still sad for a GM and the rest of the staff not to know the rules.
IIRC, Gainey knew very well Beauchemin had to go on waivers. This was right in the beginning of the 2005 lockout, and he wanted Beauchemin to play in the AHL. So he first called all the GM to make sure everybody understood the situation and no one would try any funny stuff.
But one did, and we lost Beauchemin. A few days latter, the NHL voted a special rule saying that because of the lockout, players such as Beauchemin were exempt from waivers. But it was too late. So, yeah, it was a mistake from Gainey, but it's not like he was blind in all this.
"In January 2000, Luongo was publicly criticized by Islanders general manager Mike Milbury for having gone looking for an apartment in New York on a game day before letting in seven goals to the Boston Bruins. Milbury told the media, "You can't do that in the NHL. You have to prepare yourself." Luongo defended himself by saying he did not divert from his usual game day routine by looking at just one apartment."
A lot of people think that was the reason Milbury gave up on Luongo, leading to the drafting of Dipietro and the trade.
The Ottawa Citizen
Fri Jun 19 1992
Byline: John MacKinnon
MONTREAL — Mel Bridgman shifted nervously onstage, leaned into the microphone and intoned sheepishly: ”Ottawa apologizes.”
The Senators’ general manager had just taken Todd Ewen, the Montreal Canadiens tough guy, as pick 33 in the expansion draft on Thursday.
Wrong, said Brian O’Neill, the NHL’s executive vice-president. Montreal already had lost the maximum two players — goaltender Frederic Chabot to Tampa and left-winger Sylvain Turgeon to the Senators.
None of the 17 people seated around the Senators’ table had crossed Chabot’s name off their list. So when the Senators chose Turgeon, nobody realized he was the final Montreal player who could be taken.
After the Ewen gaffe, Bridgman stepped off stage and slouched back to the draft table for further consultation.
A few minutes later, Bridgman headed back to select Mark Freer, a 23-year-old minor-leaguer from the Philadelphia Flyers.
At pick No. 40, the second-to-last forward Ottawa would pick, Bridgman went for Todd Hawkins of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Oops. Toronto had lost its maximum two players also.
Back to the table went Bridgman. More discussion. Then back to the podium.
”The Senators choose C.J. Young,” he said.
Wrong again. Young, who played for Team U.S.A. at the Albertville Olympics, wasn’t on the final list of available players.
More discussion. At one point, Bridgman, John Ferguson, Ottawa’s director of player personnel, and Senators CEO Randy Sexton all walked on stage to confer with O’Neill, Jim Gregory, the NHL’s vice-president of hockey operations, and Garry Lovegrove, of the league’s central player registry.
”This is not entirely Ottawa’s fault,” O’Neill said. ”Young’s name was on an earlier list, but it was reviewed and an exemption was discovered. His name did not appear on the final list.”
An embarrassed, weary Bridgman explained the mistake to a questioner.
”The list we had included Young’s name,” he said. ”Late this afternoon we were handed an envelope which contained a list on which his name did not appear. I never saw that list.”
Bridgman wasn’t the only one slightly baffled by the process of choosing the NHL’s castoffs.
Long after the draft was completed, Ferguson, talking with reporters, spoke favorably about the toughness of the Senators, with players like Mike Peluso and Ewen, the disqualified Senator.
If Ferguson was mildly oblivious, Bridgman was annoyed with himself.
”I guess I take things like that personally,” he said. ”I feel embarrassed.”
Couldn't the Flames tell ROR to just sit at home while they paid him and not put him through waivers this year and for him to start playing next year? Seems like a better scenario than losing a 1st and 3rd pick plus the player if they could have done it that way. The NHLPA probably wouldn't be happy with that scenario though.
Too bad the Avs matched though.. This would've been an interesting story to follow.
You can't tell a player not to play a full year and just he hopes he likes you enough for it to happen.
the one that stands out the most to me was yashin for spezza and chara, what a moron.
The only GM worse was Don Cherry in Mississauga ignoring the import draft because WHO NEEDS EUROPEANS, his team being one of the worst OHL franchises of all time and then bringing up a bunch of scrap Europeans to blame the season on them.
1st, 3rd, 2.5 million for no return plus the Jackets get ROR is pretty freaking bad.
Plus, the Flames are fighting for a playoff spot, and despite getting lucky... they've now incented a rival to bring back a key player who's been sitting out. So best case scenario, they've screwed themselves by having a rival get stronger as they're fighting for the playoffs...